Board of Directors

Stephen Grant (aged 60)*#+
Non-Executive Chairman

Steve joined MV Sports & Leisure Limited from the accountancy profession in 1990 becoming Finance Director in that year. He was appointed Managing Director of MV in 1996, became Chief Executive Officer of the Group in June 2010 and Non-Executive Chairman in August 2020.

Steve has in-depth knowledge of the toy, sports, leisure and bicycle sectors, in both licensing and own brand environments, as well as extensive experience in sourcing and importing from overseas suppliers.

He travelled regularly to the Far East in his previous role and has considerable knowledge of selling to both national and independent customers.

Jim Shears (aged 46)
Chief Executive Officer

Jim joined the Group as Group Financial Controller in 2002. He was appointed Company Secretary in 2008, Group Finance Director in June 2010 and CEO in August 2020.

Jim brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in both private and public sectors as well as small and large company environments, having previously worked for the Audit Commission, IFG Group plc and AWG plc as well as start-up businesses where he has held various roles.  He is also well versed in online and direct to consumer selling.

Jim is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Phil Ratcliffe (aged 58)
Group Commercial Director

Phil joined MV Sports & Leisure Limited in 1999 and has many years’ experience in commercial and strategic roles within the consumer goods sector, incorporating well known companies such as Car Plan, Waddingtons Games and Mattel.

His experience encompasses marketing, licensing, product development, Far East sourcing and account management.

Phil is a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Marketing, Vice-Chairman and formerly Chairman of The British Toy & Hobby Association.

Mark Taylor (aged 58)*#+
Non-Executive Director

Mark joined the Board in October 2019. He was a partner in Grant Thornton UK LLP for 19 years having spent his entire career in the accounting profession. He was an audit and transactions support partner, specialising in transaction support in recent years. He is chairman of the Grant Thornton defined benefit pension scheme.

Mark has considerable experience of corporate transactions across many sectors, financial reporting and the management of defined benefit schemes. This experience enables him to support the Group with its financial reporting, any potential corporate transactions and the pension schemes.

Mark is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Juliet Barratt (aged 46)*+
Non-Executive Director

Juliet joined the Board in September 2020. She was the Co-Founder and former Chief Marketing Officer of the sports nutrition brand ‘Grenade’, and brings with her a considerable wealth of experience in sales, marketing and product development.

The Grenade brand experienced rapid growth since it was launched in 2010 and attained industry recognition, being listed in the Sunday Times Fast Track 100 and entering the SME Export Track 100 in 2017. Grenade was also a regional winner and National Finalist of GBEA Entrepreneur of the Year in 2018.

Juliet spends a lot of her spare time mentoring young entrepreneurs and assisting them with start-ups as well as holding Chairperson and NED roles in a number of other branded goods businesses.

COMPANY SECRETARY: Jim Shears

* Member of the Remuneration Committee
# Member of the Audit Committee
+ Member of the Nominations Committee